Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kacie McDonnell , Marisa Magnatta, Laura Burkhardt, Brian Sims and Maria Papadakis: Cheer for Prohibition

In the “spirit” of the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Philadelphia’s top bartenders will compete to create the “Best ’20s-inspired cocktail” using Blue Coat Gin, hand crafted by Philadelphia Distilling, as their primary ingredient.

Their creations were judged by popular Philadelphia personalities including Laura Burkhardt, WHERE Magazine Publisher; Marisa Magnatta, Associate Producer of WMMR’s Preston and Steve Morning Show; Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State Representative. Maria Papadakis, Emmy award-winning media personality and host of “Out and About” on Philly.com; and   FOX 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell serves as emcee. 
 Maria Farricielli, Fox 29's Business Development Account Manager. and Margaret Cronan, Chief Communications Officer at National Constitution Center About American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition - Now through April 28, 2013, the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation vividly come to life in the National Constitution Center’s world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition(I saw it, it was fascinating.)

Mixologist Nate Churchill, XIX restaurant and bar, tells me he created his prohibition drink in about a minute.
He's a big fan of Bluecoat and knew which ingredients would work well with the gin, lemon juice, fresh OJ, dashes bitters, and honey. He then poured it in a mason jar, as this was the prohibition era and that was what people might drink cocktails in back them.
 Then there was Stephen Diaz's "The Red Fizz Charleston", made with 2oz Bluecoat, 1oz Germain, his own reciepe of fresh raspberry syrup topped off with a dry Brut champagnes and a twist of lemon and fresh raspberries on a skewer.


 A recent addition to Palomar Hotel's Square 1682, Chaucey Scates' created the popular "Powder Room Punch" with gin, cointreau, jasmine tea, lemon grenadine, peychaunds bitters and angostura bitters.
 Finally house bartender, Bess Gulliver created "The Jazz Baby", gin, Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth with Pierre Reeand and Dry Orange Curacao, Averna Amaro garnished with a flamed orange peel.

 South Philly Fashionista blogger Michelle Boyles, Julie Shannon, Editorial Events Coordinator for Metro US, Delsea football beat writer, foodie, fitness guru and Philly sports and Anna Aagenes, Greater Philadelphia Area - District Office Director, Office of Representative Brian Sims

Lisa Bass, Bourse Building (Who tells me she loves the Blue Coat as it's not real ginny) and Lisa Breen

 It was good to catch up with Karen Gross, a former Where Magazine editor that works at the Constitution Center, but is also pursuing a cabaret singing career divides her time between Philly and Manhattan in pursuit of that goal, with Laura Burkhart, Where Magazine publisher.
 Rudy Fleisher, Here's My Chance (PS I didn't notice his flawless finger nails til late, I would have asked him if he were a typist?)

Michelle Boyles and Brett Copol both of Metro Philly Newspaper
Alison Young, Vice President of External Affairs at the National Constitution Center and Brian Sims, Pennsylvania State Representative.


Laurel Fairworth,  President at Cachet Communications and Kathy Zapp, Of Montgomery Media
 Kacie McDonnell, Fox 29 Traffic and Maria Papadakis, Philly.com plus has become a regular contributor to Fox 29 Good Day Philly. Prizes were awarded in two categoriesJudge Favorite and Guest Favorite.  
The Guest Favorite will win an annual membership to the National Constitution Center. And the winner is The Ritz Carlton Fizz!!
 Happy February Birthday to Matt Vlahos, Vlahos PR (2/28), Sarah Cooper Bobersky (2/8) and Big Rube Harley (2/23)
 Adam Judeh, GM XIX restaurant, winning bartender Nate Churchill thanking the organizers, Maria Papadakis, Marisa Magnatt and Brian Sims. Adam Judeh tells me that Orange Blossom will now be served at the XIX bar. (The Judge’s Favorite will receive an annual membership to the National Constitution Center; a one night’s stay at the Hotel Monaco; a With Love gift bag, courtesy of VisitPhilly.com and the Greater Philadelphia Marketing and Tourism Corporation; and a feature on the National Constitution Center’s website.)
Sunset from the Stratus Lounge. Can't wait until summer, this place is going to be kickin it
 Then Laura and I headed to Red Owl Tavern for a bite to eat. OMG the Chicken Pot Pie keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend it, as I do the
The curry mussels.

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